Date(s) - 30/07/2018
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wanderers sports club
On 13th August, one of ours – a Birdhaven resident, Joshua Castle would have been 16 years old. But tragically, in January last year he was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinamo (cancer of the bile duct), the diagnosis was terminal and Josh, who was Stage 4 at the time of diagnosis was given no more than 2 months to live. Josh had a life to live and he decided to push the date as much as possible to do as much as he could. In that year he used 24 Units of blood and this was when the SANBS was critically short of blood supplies, as they often are. At that time we appealed to the community to donate at the nearest blood centre and undoubtedly many of you did.
Against all expectations young Josh lived a further 364 days – one day short of a year. He travelled in that year, fulfilled his bucket list wishes, he even went to school when he could. He spent special time with his parents, Shannon and Penny and his younger brother, Chris, and his special group of friends. Josh died in January 2018 doing the things he loved with the people he loved.
To honour Josh’s memory his mom Penny, a blogger wanted to replace the 24 units of blood that Josh had used. So she started blood donation challenge, and because of an outstanding response she then moved the goal posts and recalibrated the collection goal to 364 Units of blood to be collected by his 16th birthday, which will be in August. This she called The Bloody Birthday Challenge, named typically and unconventionally, as Josh would have seen fit. Penny received a massive response from her friends and family and Josh’s schoolmates and the goal of 364 units of blood was achieved at the end of May.
However, we as the CAP community have yet to honor Josh’s memory and so when a group of his school mates approached us to set up a blood drive in the MB area we felt honored that we could remember Josh in this way and participate in a service to the community which is so urgently needed.
The South African National Blood Services (SANBS) advised us the following:
- They are always nearly out of blood.
- Blood is always needed to save lives.
- One donation of blood saves 3 lives
We then approached The Wanderers Club to assist with a venue in which to host the drive, they agreed without hesitation and our gratitude to them is immense for always and unstintingly not only contributing financially to CAP but also to assist with a venue whenever one is required and never asking for anything in return. We then partnered with Vered Estates, whose agent in our area Pam Cohen has offered to provide refreshments, to install the POP and hand out the leaflets.
Therefore CAP, THE WANDERERS CLUB and VERED ESTATES together with a group of Josh’s CRAWFORD COLLEGE SANDTON CLASSMATES are hosting this blood drive.
THE CHALLENGE IS THIS:
We believe that with our amazing community that we will be able to collect 364 units of blood IN ONE DAY. That is one unit of blood for each day that Josh lived past his diagnosis. It is ambitious but with your help we are sure that we can do it.
So if you are healthy and 16 years or older and do not weigh less than 50kgs please diarise:
DATE: 30th July 2018
TIME: 09:30 – 3:30pm
VENUE: The Vista Room, Wanderers Club. North Road. Birdhaven/Melrose/Athol
You can access the room via the parking at the club, from the Protea hotel and from the Soccer, Cricket and gym grounds.
We are appealing to every able bodied MB resident, all the neighbouring CAP residents, to friends, workmates and family to please pop in on the way to work, from gym, to fetch from school, at lunch hour, cocktail hour or any hour between 9am and 3pm, please show up and show Penny, Shannon and Chris how much we care about and remember Josh, who lived and died like a Superhero.
BLOODY BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE # 2
HONOURING JOSHUA CASTLE